Support and Services

This section of the website will tell you useful services in the Tonbridge area that you might find useful. It also gives you links to other support services that operate at a national level.

In Case of Going Missing Form

Download the ‘In Case Of Going Missing Form’ here from Kent Search and Rescue. This document completed and kept in a safe place will be an invaluable time saver if your cared for friend of relative wanders off and is missing. At such a time, when relatives are anxious and distressed, bringing this information to mind may prove challenging.

Download ‘In Case of Going Missing Form’

Activities and Social Groups

The activities below are some of the services available in the local area. They are run by several providers, not by Tonbridge Dementia Friends. Please get in touch with the named contact for more information.

Dementia Café

Location: Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent

Takes place every other Thursday 14:00-16:00

The Dementia Café provides information about living with dementia and other services available locally in an informal and comfortable environment. A Dementia Café is also a place to relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their carers.

Who this service is for: People with Dementia and their carers, family and friends

Contact information: 01892 835498 (Office opening times: Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00)

Email: kentandmedway@alzheimers.org.uk

Website for more information: http://bit.ly/ton-dementia-cafe

Day care and support
(establishment based)

Location: Lockside, Tonbridge TN9 1EA

Takes place on: Monday and Wednesday, weekly, 09:30-15:30

The day care and support service provides care and support in a safe and comfortable group setting. Stimulating activities are based on people’s individual needs and interests.

Who this service is for: People with Dementia Only

Contact information: 01892 835498 (Office opening times: Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00)

Email: kentandmedway@alzheimers.org.uk

Link to more information: http://bit.ly/day-care-support

Tonbridge Cogs Club

Location: The Six in One Community Centre, Northwood Road, Tonbridge TN10 3HH

For opening times please contact service providers, Crossroads Care West Kent

The Cogs Club provides purposeful activities, based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), for around 10 people with mild to moderate dementia. The programme can help people to recall or develop new skills and to transfer these skills to daily activities at home. The club can also provide the carer with some respite. The day usually consists of four sessions interspersed with breaks for refreshments or lunch. The first hour is about people meeting each other, discussing the ‘Cogs’ name, orientation to time and place, and sharing news. The second session explores a theme such as sounds, categorising objects and word association. After a light lunch, there is movement to music. This can be seated, standing or moving around the room. It may include miming to familiar songs. The last session usually involves a board game, such as Scrabble. Before members go home, they are given a summary of their day which can be discussed during their last tea break.

Who this service is for: People living in the area with mild-moderate dementia following an assessment by the lead facilitator of the club. Respite for carers.

Contact information: 01622 817114

Website for more information: www.cogsclub.org.uk

Peer support group

Location: Gallards Close, Southborough TN4 0BT

Takes place on:  Monday, fortnightly, 12:00-15:00

The peer support group gives people the opportunity to meet with others who understand some of what they are going through. Run by a facilitator, the sessions offer a chance to ask questions, get information and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

Who this service is for: People with Dementia Only

Contact information: 01892 835498 (Office opening times: Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00)

Email: kentandmedway@alzheimers.org.uk

For more local activities and services, please visit the Dementia Connect website to search for what is available in your area.

Other services

The links to services below are provided by different sources, not by Tonbridge Dementia Friends.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society provide a huge amount of information advice for people living with dementia, carers, and friends and family. They have factsheets that can help you learn more about dementia, the services you have the right to access, and what you can expect in the future.

You can access these factsheets here:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/homepage/250/publications_about_dementia

Online forums

Talking to other people online about your experiences and asking others questions can be a great way to get information and support. The Alzheimer’s Society host an online forum, Talking Point.

You can access it here: https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk

Helplines

There are several helplines that you can call with any questions, concerns or just for information:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services – Kent Dementia Helpline: 0800 500 3014
Alzheimer’s Society: 03002 22 11 22

Website for more information: http://www.alz-dem.org/info-and-advice/kent-dementia-helpline

Dementia UK

Dementia UK are a charity that help families face dementia. They have a huge amount of information about living with dementia.

One useful page they host is about knowing your benefits entitlement.

You can find out more here: https://www.dementiauk.org/living-with-dementia-know-your-benefits-entitlement/

Other cafes and support groups

Forget-Me-Not Café

Provides support and companionship to those who are recognising issues with their memory or cognition as well as for their carers, family and friends. No diagnosis necessary. Meets on 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11am to 12.30pm at St Johns Church Hall Hildenborough. Contact  hello@forgetmenotcafe.org.uk 01732 759854. Also at Westerham, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge

Carers First Social Support

First Tuesday of the month 10.30 -12pm Jubilee Hall,
Pippin Road, East Peckham.
Tonbridge
Contact us: 0300 303 1555.

Email: hello@carersfirst.org.uk

East Peckham Carers Group

For carers and those living with dementia. 2nd Friday of the month at 2pm. Contact Sandra.edmonds@kent.gov.uk

Day Care Centres

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Town Lock Day Centre. Contact Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge

Tel: 01732 771780.

Web:  www.ageuksevenoaksandtonbridge.org.uk

Derwent Day Centre, Darenth Avenue.
Run by the Baptist Church but all welcome. Contact Maxine Hallett
Tel: 01732 352824

Sporting Activities

Angel Centre, Tonbridge.
Multi-sport sessions. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 2pm to 3.30pm. Sports on offer include golf putting, boccia, cycling on a static bike and table tennis. £4 Carer goes free

Poult Wood Golf Club
Dementia Friendly golf sessions. 3rd Thursday of the month at 2pm £3
Please contact us for details: 01732 364039 poultwoodgolf@tmactive.co.uk

Tonbridge Swimming pool
Dementia Friendly Swim session at Tonbridge Swimming Pool on a Friday.
Please contact us for details. 01732 367449 tonbridge.swimmingpool@tmactive.co.uk

Angel Indoor Bowls Club
Ave Du Puy, Tonbridge. Accessible bowling every Friday morning. Please contact the club for more information. 01732 771262

Singing groups and choirs

Forget-me-Notes” is a “Sing-a-long with a cuppa” group where you can join in singing old favourites. It is open to anyone who enjoys a good sing-a-long including people with dementia and their carers. It takes place on the 3rd Thursday each month 2-4pm at Christchurch United Reformed Church hall, 2 Littlecourt Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 2JG (corner of London Rd and Kippington Rd). Contact Kieron

Tel: 01732 447055

Email: kieron.brennan@allabouthomecare.co.uk

Musical Memories
From October 2019 at Barnes Lodge, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge on the 1st and 3rd Thursday morning at 10.30. Contact richardjsm@hotmail.co.uk or Barnes Lodge Tonbridge on 01732 369171

Dementia Friendly Sing along café. First Wednesday of the month at Christ Church, Tonbridge High St. Contact Angela 01732 770334

Trinity Encore
Evert Wednesday in School term time. 10.30 -12 Trinity Arts Theatre, Church Rd, Tunbridge Wells. Contact Box office 01892 678678 or Jocelyn 01892 500674. Free of charge

Dementia-friendly cinema screenings

Two local care homes organise dementia-friendly cinema mornings once a month on Saturday mornings for local people. They show films in a very small, comfortable environment with refreshments provided. You do not have to live in the care home to go along but you do need to book in advance as there are only a few seats. They can also tell you what films are coming up. The local ones are:
Rivermere care home, 64-70 Westerham Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 2PZ. Contact Stephanie

Tel: 01732 748400

Email: enquiries.rivermere@averyhealthcare.co.uk

Web: www.averyhealthcare.co.uk

Weald Heights care home, Bourchier Close, Sevenoaks TN13 1PD. Contact Amelia

Tel: 01732 747700

Email: amelia.moore2@careuk.com

Web: www.careuk.com

Befriending

Befriending may be suitable for people with mild or early dementia who feel lonely, isolated or vulnerable. Weekly visits from a volunteer. This service is mainly for housebound people over 65 who live alone and have very few or no visitors. For more information Tel: 01732 454108 befriending@ageuksevenoaksandtonbridge.org.uk